Images of Research winners 2017

The winners of Images of Research 2017, were announced at a packed event in the Chancellors’ Building showcasing the strength and diversity of research taking place across the University.

Fifty-six entries were submitted this year – the highest ever received – from 14 academic departments and from right across the academic spectrum from postgraduate researchers through to professors.

The competition is arranged by the University’s Public Engagement Unit.

The winning overall image, Commodity chains by Darragh McGee

The judging panel, which included Professor Jonathan Knight, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research), Dr Sarah Perkins (Director, GW4), Luke Salkeld (Commissioning Editor, The Conversation), and Victoria Wastling (Visual Arts Officer, The Edge), selected winners by three categories: Best Image, Best Description and Best Overall Entry.

Professor Knight said: “We had a record-breaking number of entries for this year’s competition and the quality of images and descriptions was as always very high.

“Images of Research challenges researchers to explain why their work matters in a visually compelling way. I’d encourage everyone to come and take a look at the exhibition on display until May 20 at the Edge to find out more about our research here at Bath and to see how our researchers used these images to capture the essence of their work.

“You can also vote for your favourite image to win the public award category.”

Winner: Best Image

For this category, the judges looked for entries where an image really drew you in and enticed you to find out more.

  • Winner: Hannah West (Department of Social & Policy Sciences) for Wo(Man) of war?
  • Highly Commended: Gareth Wiltshire (Department for Health) for Just do(nate) it

Winner: Best Description

For this category, the judges looked for entries that contained clear, non-technical, plain English that really gripped the reader as to the relevance of the research.

  • Winner: Naomi Deering (Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering) for Where will all the poo go?
  • Highly Commended: Sally Adams (Department of Psychology) for Misery loves company

Winner: Best Overall Entry

For this category, judges wanted to see entries where the description and image interact in such a way that it clearly communicate the relevance of the research to the public.

  • Winner: Darragh McGee (Department for Health) for Commodity chains
  • Highly Commended: David Coley (Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering)  for Orphans of war

A full gallery of the entries is available to view online here:

Have your say in the public vote

It’s not too late to have your say on this year’s Images of Research and vote for your favourite in the public vote. The entries will remain on display in the Edge until 20 May.

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